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North Country Reform Temple ~ Ner Tamid

Rabbi Dr. Janet B. Liss Student Cantor Faryn Kates Phone: (516) 671-4760  •  Fax:  (516)  676-9180  •  E-mail:  office@ncrt.org  •  Web:  www.ncrt.org

January/February 2012

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Peggy FitzGerald, Jadzia Brown and I were privileged to be in Washington for the largest gathering of Reform Jews in our history  for  the  Movement’s  Biennial  convention.    One  of  the  highlights  of  the    convention  was  hearing  President  Obama’s  address. Yes, he was at our convention in person and he spoke really well. He started by wishing us an early Shabbat Shalom and then launched  into  a  discussion  of  the  week’s  Torah  portion,  pointing  out  the  relevancy  between  it  and  our  times  today.    He  was  personal, funny, spoke well to a targeted audience and drove home his commitment to seeing Israel remain a secure Jewish democracy with America being her strongest ally. His presence was truly electrifying and we were honored to listen to him. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the outgoing President of the Reform movement delivered his last sermon on Shabbat morning where he pointed out the many challenges facing us as Reform Jews today. He spoke personally using the religious paths his own children have chosen for themselves as an example of the difficulties we grapple with today. His children went to Jewish day schools, were obviously raised in a Jewish home and his daughter and son-in-law are members of a modern Orthodox synagogue. His son has no desire to participate in synagogue life at this  stage  of  his  life.    He  is  in  his  late  20’s.    The  Reform  Movement  is  working  hard  to   roll out a new youth initiative to engage our teens and their parents and it is looking for ways  to  create  more  entry  points  for  people  in  the  20’s  and  30’s  to  come  into  Reform   Jewish life. The newly appointed incoming President of our Movement, Rabbi Rick Jacobs is committed to finding solutions to the problems and challenges we face. We are not alone. All branches of non-orthodox organized religion is struggling with ways to stay relevant and engaging. Around 500 people attended our Think Tank Session which began at 7:00 am on Friday morning to engage in discussions and have their input shared with others from many settings around the country including our own temple. By the end of March, 2012, Our Think Tank is hoping to produce a vision statement that will be turned over to the three organizations that comprise our movements to help set a direction for all of us going forward. It has been an honor to be one of 33 people working on this project during the last year. Another highlight of the convention was listening to Dr. Wendy Mogul, psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus, speak twice. She talked about the challenges faced by Jewish parents in raising children, particularly teenagers today. She is bright, dynamic and has real insight into adolescent development, the expectations of Jewish parents, the burdens Jewish parents place on their children, and on understanding teenagers. I am current reading the Blessings of a B Minus and I recommend this book to any parent who has teenagers or who is raising children who are 7 and older. It will give you  valuable  insight  and  perhaps  help  you  understand  your  children’s  behaviors  and  your  own  in    relation  to  them.     I must say that there is something magical about celebrating Shabbat with 5000 knowledgeable Reform Jews. The music of the Services was exciting and the spirit in the room was felt throughout the 5 days. I am sure that all three of us look forward to sharing with you what we learned over the coming months. January and February are very special months for us. In addition to everything that normally happens at the Temple, some of  us  will  be  traveling  on  a  Jewish  Mission  to  Cuba  ,  others  to  Israel  where  we  will  celebrate  Julia    Ostroff’s  Bat  Mitzvah.   During the Shabbat Services that follow these trips, I will speak about our experiences on both of these trips. Grace is looking forward to seeing where 3 of her grandparents are buried and seeing if she remembers anything about Cuba, having left there when she was five. We will be visiting several synagogues, a Jewish community center, a pregnancy center and a school. Each of the participants on the Cuba trip is required to bring 15 pounds of specific items to donate to the Jewish community in Cuba and make donations which will be distributed in Cuba. I found out at the Biennial that a number of congregations are sending missions to Cuba and several are running two trips in the same year because their trips were oversubscribed. I am excited about going. I hope to see you soon at Temple. Have a happy and healthy Secular New Year!

Rabbi Dr. Janet B. Liss

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Our President...Peggy FitzGerald Dear  Congregants, I  am  very  excited  to  be  writing  to  you  as  your  new   President.    I  am  so  looking  forward  to  serving  this  incredible   community  of  ours.    I  love  North    Country  Reform  Temple   because  it  so  open,  inviting,  accepting,  warm,  fun,  and                               spiritual.    Our  services  are  moving,  our  members  are  so                               welcoming,  and  our  events  are  fun.    Our  Board  of  Trustees  is   an  incredibly  dedicated  group  who  will  assist  me  in                                       continuing  in  our  Temple’s  mission.     The  Temple  has  been  a  very  busy  place  the  last  two   months.    We’ve  had  a  Tallit  workshop,  Thanksgiving                             Interfaith  Service,  Chanukah  Synaplex,  family    bingo  night,  and  movie  nights.     We  have  many  things  going  on  and  we  are    looking  to  offer  more.    If  you  have  an   idea  for  a  social  event  or  fundraiser,  please  share  it  with  us.    I  suspect  that  we   have  a  number  of  congregants  who  would  like  to  become  more  involved  in  our   happenings.    Consider  this  an  open  invitation  to  volunteer.    If  you  would  like  to   serve  on  a  committee,  help  out  with  Religious  School  events,  assist  the  Rabbi  or   anything  else,  please,  feel  free  to  contact  me  at  2by2@optonline.net. I  would  like  to  thank  Alissa  Woska  for  her  efforts  in  getting  our  Sisterhood   reorganized  and  mobilized.    Sisterhood  is  an  auxiliary  to  the  Temple  that  will                       engage  our  women  as  well  as  assist  in  Temple  functions.    Sisterhood  is  managing   our  Judaica  shop.    They  had  a  pie  sale  fundraiser  and  a  family  bingo  night,  which   were  quite  successful.    They  have  many  things  planned  for  the  upcoming  months,   so  keep  your  eye  out  for  their  activities.    Another  group  that  is  newly  formed  is   our  Youth  Group-NoCTY.    Valerie  and  Danielle  Lynn  are  working  diligently  to   engage  our  teens  with  meetings,  activities,  and  NFTY  events.    The  group  is  for  8 th   through  12th  graders  and  is  open  to  any  member  to  participate.    This  group  is  very   important  to  our  community  in  keeping  our  teens  engaged.    I  would  like  to  see  it   continue  to  grow,  and  possibly  expand  to  add  a  Junior  Youth  Group. Stay  informed!    Check  out  our  website  and  open  your  “Weekly  Updates”  to   keep  up  with  all  that’s  happening.    I  look  forward  to  seeing  everyone  in  Temple!         Peggy  FitzGerald,  President                  

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Student  Cantor  Faryn  Kates During  the  week  of  January  7,  2012,  Jewish  communities  around  the  world  will  be  reading   from  parasha  Vayechi,  the  final  chapters  of  the  book  of  Genesis.  Years  ago,  when  I  was   spending  a  summer  studying  at  Pardes  in  Jerusalem,  I  was  asked  by  a  professor  to  do   some  research  on  this  parasha.  After  some  time,  I  came  across  the  following:  “And  when   the  time  approached  for  Israel  to  die,  he  summoned  his  son  Joseph  and  said  to  him,  ‘Do  me   this  favor,  place  your  hand  under  my  thigh  as  a  pledge  of  your  steadfast  loyalty:  please  do  not  bury  me  in   Egypt.’”  (Gen.  47:29)  Why  does  Jacob  ask  his  son  to  touch  his  thigh?  The  word  for  thigh  is  yerech,  but  in  Biblical   Hebrew  it  is  often  used  to  describe  the  area  of  circumcision,  the  sign  of  the  covenant  between  God  and  man.  There   are  similar  passages  throughout  the  Torah  that  use  the  word  “yerech”  or  some  derivation  of  the  word,  such  as  in           Genesis  32:26,  Genesis  24:2-3,  Exodus  28:42,  and  Exodus  32:27.  Midrash  Lekach  Tov  refers  to  the  circumcision  and   Jacob’s  identity  through  Jacob’s  fight  with  the  angel,  implying  that  when  the  angel  wrenches  at  Jacob’s  hip,  he  is  really   touching  Jacob’s  thigh,  looking  for  the  circumcision  and  the  symbol  of  the  Jewish  people.   When  reading  this  parasha,  I  am  reminded  of  the  many  struggles  that  we  all  face  when  defining  our  identities   and  ourselves.  We  all  cope  and  handle  these  struggles  differently;;  some  find  help  from  friends,  others  from                                     professionals,  and  some  from  posting  videos  on  that  various  mass  media  sites  available  to  us,  such  as  you  tube.   Although  we  may  handle  our  identity  struggles,  we  all  share  one  very  important  characteristic:  we  are  all  like   our  ancestor,  Jacob,  who  struggled  with  his  identity  all  his  life.  He  wrestled  his  own  demons  because  he  was  not  first   born.  He  fought  with  his  personal  growth  after  living  with  Lavan  for  many  years,  losing  his  identity,  and  taking  on  the   values  of  Lavan.  However,  at  the  end  of  his  life,  Jacob  comes  to  a  full  realization  of  who  he  is  and  the  importance  of   knowing  where  he  came  from.  When  Jacob  asks  Joseph  to  touch  his  thigh,  he  is  reminding  his  son  of  his  identity  as  a   Jew.  I  am  always  moved  by  this  parasha,  and  inspired  to  continue  to  grow  and  evolve  as  a  Jewish  person. It  is  important  to  take  the  lessons  from  Jacob’s  life,  from  his  identity   struggles  and  evolution,  and  apply  them  to  our  own  lives  in  order  to  grow  and   live  life  with  a  strong  Jewish  identity.  In  our  own  way,  we  should  all  remember   to  touch  the  inner  of  our  thighs  to  remind  us  of  our  identity  and  our  covenant   with  God.

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Hebrew  School   Welcome  back  to  the  second  half  of  our  school  year.    I  am  proud  of  both  our   students  and  our  staff.    As  you  have  seen  from  our    monthly  newsletters,  our       students  are  learning  a  lot  and  our    teachers  are  striving  to  engage  them  and   teach  them  in  ways  that  make  them  want  to  be  here.     In  January  and  February  we  have  both  the  1st  and  3rd  grade  Mishpacha   Family  Education  Program  and  the  1st  Grade  Shabbat  Service  and  Dinner.    The  6th   Grade  has  its  Shabbat  Service  and  we  have  the  second  Tallit  workshop  in                                             February.    Please  check  the  dates  on  the  next  page  and  mark  your  calendars.         We  will  also  be  having  a  special  program  for  Tu  B’shevat,  the  holiday  that                                       celebrates  the  birthday  of  the  trees  and  gives  us  an  opportunity  to  bring                                                   environmental  awareness  into  our  curriculum.    Watch  your  email  for  information   about  the  Purim  Shpiel.    We  invite  parents  and  children  to  come  and  take  a  role  in   our  Purim  Shpiel.    If  you  like  to  act,  sing  and  have  fun,  you  will  want  to  join  us.     For  those  of  you  who  are  new  to  our  Temple,  each  grade  has  one  family                         education  program  a  year  when  parents  are  invited  to  join  their  child  for  a                               program  of  learning  during  class  hours.    It  is  important  that  a  parent,  grandparent   or  another  adult  relative  come  that  day  to  learn  with  your  child.    Check  the  school   schedule  and  please  plan  on  being  here  so  that  you  get  to  experience  the                                           program  with  your  child.     Rabbi  Liss

Partners in Caring

Under the auspices of Partners in Caring, a UJA funded program bringing together FEGS Long Island (the region’s Jewish human services agency) and synagogues, we are fortunate to have a social worker on staff at North Country Reform Temple. Hillary Lagnado, LCSW, will continue to be on our staff on a part-time basis. Hillary will be working with our caring committee to supplement their vast array of activities, with our Hebrew school and any group in the congregation that is interested in her services. Hillary will be available to lead or coordinate workshops on such topics as parenting, women’s health issues, school bullying, stress management, among many others. She will also be available to facilitate support groups on bereavement, divorce, as well as short-term individual and family counseling. For more information, please contact Rabbi Liss at 671-4760, or Hillary Lagnado, 499-7550 ext. 267.

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   Hebrew  School  Calendar            JANUARY  2012 Sunday,  1

No  School

Tuesday,3

Hebrew  School

Sunday,  8

Hebrew  School

                                             1st  Grade    Mishpacha Tuesday,  10 Hebrew  School Sunday,  15 No  School Tuesday,  17 Hebrew  School Friday,  20      6th  Grade  Dinner  &  Service   6:15 Sunday,  22 Hebrew  School Tuesday,  24 Hebrew  School Sunday  ,  29 Hebrew  School Tuesday,  31      Hebrew  School

FEBRUARY  2012 Sunday,  5          Hebrew  School 3rd  Grade  Mishpacha Tuesday,  7

Hebrew  School

Friday,  10      1st  Grade  Dinner/Service  5:30 Sunday  12        Hebrew  School 6-7  Grade  Tallit  Workshop Tuesday,  14 Hebrew  School Sunday,  19 No  School Tuesday,  21 No  School Sunday,  26 No  School Tuesday,  28    Hebrew  School

SNOW  INFORMATION-  in  case  of  inclement  weather,  we  follow  the  lead  taken  by  our   surrounding  schools  on  Tuesdays.    If  classes  are  cancelled,  there  will  be  no  Hebrew   School.  If  it  starts  snowing  during  the  day  and  night  activities  are  cancelled,  we  will     also  cancel.    If  the  weather  is  bad  on  a  weekend,  we  will  let  you  know  if  there  is  no   school  by  a  phone  call  or  email.    You  can  call  the  temple  and  the  recording  will  also  let   you  know  if  we  are  cancelling.    If  the  electricity  is  out,  there  will  be  no  school.    You  can   always  email  me  at  rabbiliss@ncrt.org  or  call  me  at  671-4760  if  you  have  any                                     questions.

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Tu B’Shevat “The New Year of the Trees” Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 The  name  Tu  B’Shevat  is  derived  from  the  Hebrew  date  of   the  holiday,  which  occurs  on  the  fi eenth  day  of  Shevat.   "Tu"  stands  for  the  Hebrew  le ers  Tet  and  Vav,  which                         together  have  the  numerical  value  of  9  and  6,   adding  up  to  15.    This  is  the  season  in  which  the  earliest   blooming  trees  in  Israel  begin  a  new  fruit-bearing  cycle.     We  mark  Tu  B’Shevat  by  ea ng  these  fruits  including   grapes,  figs,  olives,  pomegranates,  and  dates.

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Women of Reform Judaism

  We  have  a  wonderful  group  of  ladies  at  the  Temple!  It  has  been  my  pleasure  getting  to  meet  many  of   you  and  to  know  you  better.  They  are  a  supportive,  energetic,  and  talented  bunch.  We  have  had               several  events  over  the  past  couple  of  months  and  I  am  happy  to  say  that  they  have  been  quite                   successful  –  and  fun  too. We  have  been  having  our  regular  monthly  meetings  on  the  first  Sunday  of  each  month                                                     (just  remember  that  the  January  meeting  will  be  on  the  8th  due  to  New  Years)  and  there  has  been  a   good  turnout.  Then  again,  what’s  not  to  like  about  bagels,  coffee,  and  nice  conversation?   For  our  January  8th  meeting  at  11am,  we  are  planning  to  have  a  crafty  breakfast.  There  will  be  bagels,   coffee  and  tea,  of  course.  But  we  are  also  going  to  have  a  crochet  and  knitting  morning.  If  you  do  not   know  how,  we  will  teach  you.  If  you  know  how,  then  we  hope  that  you  will  share  your  expertise.  Our   goal  is  to  be  able  to  do  a  yarmulke  project  for  the  spring.  I  have  patterns  to  make  them  and  I  think  it   will  be  a  lot  of  fun.  Plus,  we  will  be  all  the  rage  at  Friday  night  services! We  will  be  hosting  an  SAT  prep  class  at  the  Temple  to  teach  students  strategies  for  taking  the  test,   study  techniques,  and  how  to  cope  with  anxieties.  The  class  will  meet  3  times  in  February  and  will  be   open  to  the  public.  So  if  you  know  any  10th  or  11th  graders,  or  even  a  12th  grader  who  wants  to   squeeze  in  just  1  more  try,  tell  them  that  we  have  a  class  for  them. Wondering  what  we  have  been  up  to  lately?   *Grand  re-opening  of  the  Judaica  Store  with  loads  of  new  products.  If  there  is  something  you  are   looking  for  and  don’t  see  it  there,  just  ask  us.  We  can  special  order  items  for  you. *We  helped  cook  for  the  Religious  School’s  pancake  breakfast. *We  baked  for  the  Oneg  for  the  Community  Thanksgiving  service.  We  had  tons  of  delicious   goodies  for  the  over  200  people  that  came. *We  helped  with  the  Holiday  Boutique  &  Book  Sale. *We  have  had  2  pie  sales  –  for  Thanksgiving  and  for  Chanukah.   *Temple  BINGO  night  was  a  HUGE  success!  We  had  over  50  people  come  and  everybody  went   home  a  winner.  Great  times  with  great  friends! If  you  are  still  thinking  about  joining  our  Sisterhood,  please   come  and  see  what  we  are  all  about.  We  would  love  to  have   you  join  us.  Remember,  without  you,  we  are  one  member   short!    Hope  to  see  you  at  our  next  event. I  wish  you  and  your  family  a  joyous  New  Year! Alissa  Woska  

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Dear  Contributing  Members  of  the  Temple: Thank  you  so  much  for  your  generous  donations  of    turkeys  and  toys  at  holiday  time,  and   food  donations  throughout  the  year.  We  continue  to  exist  because  of  all  that  you  do  to  help  us   with  our  mission  to  feed  the  hungry  with  dignity  and  respect  and  to  go  beyond.  You  brought   joy  and  happiness  to  families  who  have  so  little  and  made  it  possible  for  them  to  celebrate  the   holidays. I  am  thanking  you  on  behalf  of  the  Steering  Committee,  the  volunteers,  and  all  the  individuals   and  families  who  are  in  need  of  help.  We  are  very  important  to  the  surrounding  communities. We  cannot  express  our  appreciation  and  gratitude  enough  for  your  on-going  concern,                                   compassion,  and  generosity. Wishing  all  of  you  happiness  and  peace  throughout  the  New  Year. Sincerely, Estelle  Moore President  of  the  Steering  Committee North  Shore  INN

Do  a  Mitzvah!

                                                               

Next  Book  Club  Mee ng: Thursday,  January  12th  7:00  p.m. The  Book  Thief  by:  Markus  Zusak The  Book  Club  will  meet  on  the  second   Thursday  of  every  month  at  7:00  p.m.

There  are  Many  Ways  to   Support  Your  Temple: Donate  to  one  of  our  many  Funds: -Choir  Fund -Rabbi’s  Discre onary  Fund -Prayer  Book  Fund -Sponsor  an  Oneg  Shabbat And  many  more! Call  the  Temple  office  for  more     Informa on.

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Thursday Nights at the Movies $5.00 Per Person Popcorn & Drinks Will be Served Thursday, January 26th, 7:30 p.m.

Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg From Aviva Kempner, maker of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, comes this humorous and eye-opening story of television pioneer Gertrude Berg. She was the creator, principal writer, and star of The Goldbergs, a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television’s very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history, and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry. It Includes interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Ed Asner, producers Norman Lear (All in the Family) and Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties), and NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg.

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TEMPLE LIBRARY NEWS May I share two of my favorite books from your Temple Library? Both are “children’‛s “ books, but I find they are full of simple, refreshing wisdom and I am always rewarded when I reread them. OLD TURTLE by Douglas Wood is graced with the watercolors of Chang-Khee Chee, The text unfolds in simple phrases. When all creatures could speak and understand each other, there arose an argument about who is God. The argument grew louder and louder until -STOP-said Old Turtle (who hardly ever said anything, never smiled and certainly never argued with God) He began to speak, predicting a new family of beings, strange and wonderful, of many colors, shapes and ways of doing things, whose thoughts would soar to the skies, whose feet would walk the earth, strong yet tender. These people would, he predicted, forget they were messages of love and hope, a prayer from the earth. They, too, would begin to argue, begin to hurt and kill each other, until - STOP - they would begin to listen, to hear, to see God in one another and in the beauty of the earth. And then Old Turtle smiled. The luminous illustrations combine techniques and concepts from eastern and western traditions, adding a significant dimension and depth to the meaningful message. Another beautifully illustrated book is TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON: Verses from Ecclesiastes, by Leo and Diane Dillon. These verses encompass the full arrange of human emotional experience from the wonders of birth to the unanswered questions of death. They remind us that the mysterious flow of happiness and pain is ultimately beyond our control. As humans, we seem to seek the reassurance that there is a time and purpose to our lives and the world around us. Each of sixteen Biblical verses is presented in a single phrase on a page, each illustrated with a different style of art. The art work includes illuminated manuscript from Ireland, tomb murals from Egypt. wood block prints from Japan, pre-conquest Mexican screen fold pictures meant to be read backward and forward, classical Greek vase painting, Mughal dynastic prints form India, mural painting from a kiva in the Kuaua Pueblo of the 14th century, Thai figures, Chinese silk painting, Russian icon painting. Australian aboriginal bark painting, stone-cut art from the Inuit, etc. All times, all places, all cultures have wrestled with the idea that there is a time and a purpose to everything. Wisdom tales, Biblical stories, folktales all enrich our minds, enliven our thoughts and shape our culture. Have you read WHILE STANDING ON ONE FOOT by Nina Jaffe and Steve Zeitlin?. You know the one about King Solomon and the two women arguing over a baby. Jewish people have always had to think fast in dangerous and dire situations. These wisdom tales recount some ingenious ways to escape danger through cunning and cleverness. It urges the reader to match wits by imagining what “you would have done”. Then you can read how the story resolves. There are seventeen tricky situations. RACHEL THE CLEVER by Joseph Sherman provides five large categories to group his stories of magic, ghosts, cleverness, doing the right thing, the Wise Men of Chelm and a sampling of riddles. “Once upon a time…” could there be more magical words? Through these stories, there is an emphasis on the need for keeping a good sense of humor. How true. January and February are perfect months for trying something different in your Temple Library.

Chris Ghent, Temple Librarian

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Ambassador Program Launched New  members  won’t  feel  like  “strangers  in  the  land  of  Egypt”  when  they  walk  into  North   Country  Reform  Temple.    We  recently  launched  an  Ambassador  Program  connecting     existing  members  with  new  members,  so  they  can  quickly  become  integrated  into  our   Temple  community.    Our  ambassador  families  will  regularly  contact  their  assigned  new   member  family,  inviting  them  to  participate  in  Temple  life,             welcoming  them  at  services  and  events,  and  educating  them   about  committees,  classes  and  activities.    We  want  our  new   members  to  experience  the  warm,  welcoming,  and  friendly       community  that  we  have  at  NCRT.    If  you’re  interested  in                                           accepting  the  privilege  of  getting  to  know  new  members  and   helping  them  become  more  included,  please  contact  Peggy         FitzGerald  at  (516)  641-7950  or  2by2@optonline.net.

Thank You to Our Volunteers! Thank  you  to  everyone  who  volunteered  at  the  Glen  Cove  Hospital  reception  desk  on   Christmas  Eve    &  Christmas  Day.   Charlotte  Abelson Patti  Belasco

THANK YOU!

Sari  Berkowitz Irene  &  Marty  Fogel Connie  &  Mark  Glowatz Marcia  Kotkin David  Marx Elaine  &  Jerry  Weinstein Myra  &  Len  Zaremba

THANK YOU!

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January/February Yahrzeits 2012: 5772

January 6 Beatrice Berler Janet Diamond Rebecca GarberEdelstein Alan Macnow Bronia Myer Jerome Pedolsky Sylvia Rome Jechiel Schachner Sidney Schertzer Anna Shapiro Elsa Moss Siegel Stanford Stanley Erna Stern Harry Troeger

January 13 Mary Goldowitz Stephen Kovacs Herman Saxl Louis Schwartz Miriam Schwimmer Sol Shoor Lena Sunshine Betty Wasserman Frances Wilpon

January 20 Michael Bakst Joshua Biblowitz Charles Fromm William Remmlinger Joyce Schlosberg Golda Szulman

January 27 Esther Abelson Adele Balfus Rachel Gormezano Mildred Hochman Sylvia Kovacs Jane Noonan Gary James Notice Max Obel Samuel Rosen Mac Schoenfeld Philip Schwartz Barbara Silverstein Joseph Sorett Sid Stoller Benjamin Weir February 3 Adrianne Blinkoff Guido Cabib David Fried Ben Friedman Beatrice Gittler Laura Heiman Bernard Marx Mae Richer Albert Sperber Barbara Tabor

February 10 Barry Bloom Gloria Cappel Nathan Evenstein Edwin Friedman Mary Goldstein Diana Green Ruth Kantrowitz Lydia Khouri Harry Kuper Paul Levin Selma Marx Mack Pomerantz Matthew Saltzman David Shapiro Steve Tanenbaum Beverly Yaffee Max Joseph Yagoda February 17 Pearl Ackerman Martin Isaac Bettan Robert Alan Cappel Barnet Cohen Frederick Simon deBeer Jr. Eli Gormezano Freide Kopel Louis Miller Mary Rothstein Aaron Schachter Sarah Schertzer Sherman Tankel Rose Weir

February 24 Sara Epstein Alfred Gittler Regina Glass Sam Goldman Shirley Lavender Beverly Lerner Elliott Marion Barbara Witkin Wood

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YOM HULEDET SAMEACH TO OUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS

January 1 1 4 5 6 6 6 6 8 9 10 10 12 14 14 14 15 17 18 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 22 23 23 24 24 24 25 25 27 28 28 28

Michael  Bader Stacy  Benne Robert  Appel Sarah  Deutsch Lily  Mansfield Glory  Mayreis Jesse  Mayreis Daniel  Shuster Carly  Kleinwaks Glenn  Bradford Steven  Bailey  Jagger  Gillman   Adira  Schiff Marisa  Frank Skip  LeBlang Maurice  Levin Julie  Mendik Hannah  Geller Jesse  Marksohn Ernest  Kovacks Candi  Blau Kerry  Fierstein Cole  Korponay Gregg  Lerman Manuel  Abelson Sabrina  Briefel Sara  Demarino Erika  Koeppel Audra  Roth Natalie  Macnow Jeremy  Schiff Emma  Wallach Susan  Bloomfield Harris  Fox Evan  Fierstein Eric  Bailey Rhoda  Finer Hannah  Mitzner

28 29 29 30 30 30 30 31

Nada  Tannen Jonah  Biblowitz Neil  Caplan Kaitlyn  LeBlang Isabel  Berliner Kenzie  Cohen Jus n  Pedolsky Corri  Wolf

February 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 10 10 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 13 16 17 17 18 18

Ruby  Lerman David  Marx Evan  Siegel Michele  Israel Ye a  Sherman Ian  Lavender Jaqueline  Leon William  Rosencrans Jeffrey  Briefel Jill  Gleicher Lewis  Biblowitz Jade  Kessler Terry  Glassman Marlene  Ostroff Jeffrey  Blinkoff Ethan  Bradford Ralph  Epstein Catherine  Stern Judith  Mitzner Nicolle e  Appel Bre  Benne Ma hew  Grinberg Sophie  Rosen Dakota  Kessler Steven  Ross Paula  Frome Saul  Katz Andrei  Barasch Jeff  Beiser

18 18 19 20 20 21 22 22 23 23 24 25 26 28 28 28

Benne  Felder Lisa  Lerner Isabel  Wallach Deborah  Davidson Paul  Smith Barbara  Richer Elaine  Greenberg-   Yacovone Noah  Peretz Caryn  Coville Celia  Stark Jed  Kaiser Leonard  Tannen Jake  Bleiweiss Hannah  Arnholt Andrew  Kahn Russell  Launer

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Yahrzeits

Cathy Stern in memory of Emanuel Stern; Florence & Bernard Flaton in memory of Selma Goodman; Eloise Halpen in memory of Henry Cutler; Jeremy & Elaine Weinstein in memory of Moses Weintstein; Jay & Carol Goldstein in memory of Pauline Schillin; Jeremy & Elaine Weinstein in memory of Norma Dicker; Marcia Kotkin in memory of Leonard Nadel.

Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund

Jerry Freiwirth with thanks to Rabbi Liss for officiating at Marcie’s Funeral.

Hebrew School Scholarship Fund

Myra & Len Zaremba in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Harris Fogel.

Religious School Fund

The Herzog Family; Maxine & Dean Mayreis in memory of Edward Mark; David & Barbara Sloane in memory of Marcie Freiwirth.

Oneg Fund

Jadzia & Donald Brown in honor of the November B’nei Mitzvah of Pamela Otis & Harrison Israel; Leo & Debbie Israel in honor of Grandson Harrison Israel’s Bar Mitzvah and in memory of Louis Blousman, Sam & Bella Israel; The Abramowitz Family; Stephen Bruckman in memory of Rosalind Bruckman.

Prayer Book and Spiritual Fund

Rhoda & Arthur Finer in memory of Bert & Marcie Freiwirth; Michael & Michele Israel in honor of Harrison Israel’s Bar Mitzvah.

Other Funds

Garden Fund: Dari & Robert Kleinwaks in memory of Muriel Feldman Social Action: Sharon & Ed Wigutoff in honor of GC Chamber of Commerce Honorees Bob & Amy Tabor Susan Bruckman Fund: Leslie & Joe Saxl in memory of Leonard Nadel Choir Fund: Jadzia & Donald Brown in memory of Leonard Nadel Library Fund: Barbara Marder in honor of many hours of reading pleasure.

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Thank  You  For  Your  Generous  Kol  Nidre  Pledges Manny  &  Charlotte  Abelson Mitchell  &  Regina  Abramowitz Robert  &  Robin  Appel Laurence  Balfus Allen  &  Susan  Bauman Jeff&  Amy  Beiser Patti  Belasco Sari  &  Carol  Berkowitz Stanley  &  Barbara  Berkowitz Herman  Berliner  &  Annette   Schrader Amy  Bettan Robert  &  Vicki  Bialer Richard  &  Nili  Biondi Jadzia  &  Donald  Brown Stephen  Bruckman Joseph  &  Susan  Budd Edward  &  Donna  Chernoff Caryn  Coville Jean  Dankman Carol  Davidson  &   Peggy  FitzGerald Deborah  Davidson Tom  &  Ellen  Deutsch Barrie  Dratch Richard  and  Phyllis  Edelstein Ralph  Epstein  &  Mary  George Louis  &  Sherri  Federico Richard  &  Carol  Feinstein David  &  Kerry  Fierstein Arthur  &  Rhoda  Finer Bernard  &  Florence  Flaton Irene  &  Marty  Fogel Edward  &  Lynn  Fox Roberta  Fox Arthur  &  Ruth  Friedman Steven  &  Paula  Frome Alan  Geiss Alan  Geller  &  Melisa  Mindich

Marcia  Getz Michael  &  Judy  Glass Kevin  &  Terry  Glassman Joseph  &  Jill  Gleicher Mark  &  Connie  Glowatz Shirley  Goldman Leatrice  Green James  &  Janice  Greenberg Stephen  &  Susan  Gross Jason  &  Freda  Harris Julie  &  Robert  Hert Judy  &  David  Herzog Jillian  Ingram Leo  &  Deborah  Israel Michael  &  Michele  Israel Mitchell  &  Kathy  Jacobson Alan  &  Susan  Kadison Stephen  &  Brigitte  Kahn Geoffrey  &  Marcy  Kaiser Lisa  Koenig Steven  &  Ana  Kolbert Marcia  Kotkin Michael  &  Lori  Kotkin Ernest  &  Rhonda  Kovacs Robert  &  Maxine  Lang Lee  &  Donna  Launer Jeffrey&  Joan  Lavender Chuck  &  Ronnie  Lavine Skip  &  Beth  LeBlang Al  &  Lynn  Leslie Maurice  Levin David  &  Marilyn  Levine Pamela  Loher Rabbi  Janet  Liss  &  Grace  Blank Scott  &  Marisa  Macnow Barbara  Marder Bart  Marksohn  &  Jan  Locketz David  Marx Dean  &  Maxine  Mayreis Todd  &  Julie  Mendik

Andrew  &  Lauren  Menzin Robert  &  Victoria  Minowitz Alan  &  Judith  Mitzner Stephen  &  Pam  Otis Anne  Partridge Sandy  &  Felicia  Pomerantz Paul  &  Helen  Rappaport Barbara  Richer Alan  &  Cynthia    Rosen Jack  &  Robin  Ross Roberta  &  Joseph  Rotberg Joseph  &  Leslie  Saxl Michael  &  Ilana  Schenk Wendy  Silas Jeffrey  &  Amorita  Snow James  &  Eloise  Spector Paul  &  Kathleen  Spivack Alan  &  Ruth  Stearn Catherine  Stern Walter  &  Donata  Stern Gabe  &  Dorothy  Sunshine Robert  &  Amy  Tabor Leonard  &  Nada  Tannen Alfred  &  Lane  Todrys Jeremy  &  Elaine  Weinstein Edwin  &  Sharon  Wigutoff

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ncrt committees Adult Education

Marty & Irene Fogel This committee works with the Rabbi to develop classes and discussion groups on special topics. The committee also assists the Rabbi on Friday night programming and Interfaith programs.

Banquet

Wayne Smith This committee oversees the rental of the Temple facilities, the panel of caterers, and the maintenance of equipment and supplies.

Budget

Myra Zaremba This committee works with the financial Secretary, Executive Committee and Trustees to develop the budget for the forthcoming fiscal year, and in proposing new ways to generate revenue. It is also involved in planning for new program needs of the Congregation, and evaluating the financial needs of these programs before  presenting  recommendations  for  Congregation’s  consideration at an Annual Meeting.

Building and Grounds

Dean Mayreis This committee is concerned with the care, maintenance, and improvement of our Temple building and property.

Caring Committee

Ruth Zipkin This committee provides support for Temple members in their time of need and general outreach to temple members.

Fundraising

Barbara Marder This committee prepares and implements vital fundraising activities in the Temple.

Membership

James Greenberg This committee is involved with identifying and attracting new members to the Temple, and seeing that they are welcomed and integrated into the Temple family.

Public Relations

Walter Stern This committee works with the local media to disseminate Temple news. and works with the Rabbi and the Board on all school matters.

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ncrt committees Hebrew School Board

Judy Herzog This committee helps set policies and requirements for the Hebrew School. The committee assists in registration of students and works with the Rabbi and the Board on all school matters.

Mitzvah Team

Lee Launer This committee works to better our community by actively doing Mitzvot and is always seeking volunteers with hearts of kindness and compassion.

Ritual Committee

Jadwiga Brown This committee works with the Rabbi and the Cantor, in developing ritual and programs for creative services, special services, and holiday celebrations. It distributes, honors, and encourages participation in all religious activities at the Temple.

Synaplex

Paula Frome This committee organizes our Synaplex Shabbat programs for adults and students to enhance our Shabbat experience.

Youth Group

Valerie Lynn This committee helps develop Junior and Senior Youth Group programs and works with youngsters while making appropriate arrangements for these activities, and developing congregational support for the Youth Group.

Men’s Club

Len Zaremba This club is made up of men whose goal it is to listen and learn from all temple members and plan events of interest to everyone. With regularly scheduled meetings, the club members have a chance to meet, socialize and get to know their fellow congregants.

Women of Reform Judaism

Alissa Woska This club is made up of women who meet, socialize, and work at fostering camaraderie among Temple members. They plan events of interest that contribute to the well being of the congregation.

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M a z e l To v t o NC RT ’s B ’ n e i M i t z va h Benjamin  Aaron  Rosen Son  of  Alan  and  Cynthia  Rosen,  brother  of  Sophie,  and  loving                         caretaker  of  cats  Daphne  and  Rosie,  becomes  a  Bar  Mitzvah  on                           January  21,  2012.

       Ben  is  a  7th  grader  at  Locust  Valley  Middle  School.  He  has  been  a   high  honor  student  for  all  five  marking  periods  of  his  Middle  School                                           career.  In  addi on  to  his  academic  ac vi es,  Ben  plays  String  and   Electric  Bass  in  the  orchestra  and  the  select  Jazz  Band.  He  also                                 enjoys  sports  and  played  soccer  for  his  school  team  and  for  the                                               Falcons  United  U13  team,  division  champs.  His  favorite  sport  is                                     basketball  and  this  winter,  he  is  playing  on  two  teams.          During  the  summers,  Ben  a ends  URJ  Eisner  Camp  with  his  sister.     This  past  summer  Ben  had  an  Israeli  counselor  named  Tomer.  When   he  isn’t  a  camp  counselor,  Tomer  is  a  pilot  with  the  IDF.  This  past   year,  he  helped  to  fight  the  devasta ng  fire  in  the  Carmel  Forest,  the   worst  in  Israeli  history.  For  his  Mitzvah    project, Ben  is  par cipa ng  in   the  Simcha  Program  of  the  Jewish  Na onal  Fund.  With  each  of  Ben’s   invita ons,  a  tree  will  be  planted  in  Israel  as  part  of  the                                                                     reforesta on  project  in  Carmel.  Ben  will  be  conduc ng  a  tree  plan ng   drive  for  this  project  at  the  temple  in  January.  He  will  also  have  an   opportunity  to  visit  the  JNF  center  in  Jerusalem  when  he  and  his         family  will  travel  there  with  NCRT  in  February.

Julia  Ostroff Daughter  of  Lawrence  and  Marlene  Ostroff,  becomes  a  Bat  Mitzvah   on  February  25,  2012.

       Julia  is  a  7th  grade  Honors  Student  at  Locust  Valley  Middle  School.       She  has  been  playing  the  saxophone  since  the  4th  grade  and  has                                                 par cipated  in  NYSSMA  and  All  County  Music  Fes val.    She  also                                     enjoys  tennis,  basketball  and  so ball.      Instead  of  having  a                                                                     tradi onal  Bat  Mitzvah  celebra on,  Julia  will  become  a  Bat  Mitzvah   in  Israel.    For  her  Mitzvah  Project,  Julia  will  be  collec ng  money  for   the  Israeli  Guide  Dog  Center  for  the  Blind.    What  will  make  this  Mitz-­‐ vah  even  more  meaningful  is  that  Julia  will  have  the  opportunity  to   visit  the  founda on  during  her  trip  to  Israel.

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